Kimberly Torres and Orlando Morales of Shelton welcomed the state’s first baby of 2022 into the world at 12:39 a.m. New Year’s Day. Baby Orlando Michael Morales Jr., born at St. Vincent Memorial Center in Bridgeport, weighed in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 19 inches. “What a great way to start our new year,” the couple said.
A few minutes later, Jay’Lon Osiris Smart arrived, the first baby of the new year born at Yale New Haven Hospital. Jay’Lon Osiris was born at 12:47 a.m. to Deshawnnae Mims and Jeremiah Smart, of New Haven. He weighed in at 6 pounds, 11 ounces and is the couple’s first child. According to hospital staff, the family is doing well and getting some well-deserved rest.
Widlyne Sanon of Norwich welcomed baby Caleb to the world at 1:38 a.m., the first baby of the year at Backus Hospital in Norwich. He weighed in at 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 inches long.
The first baby at Hartford Hospital came a little later. Baby Alice was born to Andressa and Leandro Ekuni of Plainville. She arrived at 2:34 a.m., checking in at 6 pounds, 4 ounces and 19.5 inches. Alice has a 6-year-old brother, Gustavo, waiting at home. “Our whole family had bets if she was going to be born in 2021 or 2022. Well, to the ones that voted 2022 you guys are the winners!” the Ekunis said.